October 20, 2011
11 Percent Of Americans Taking Antidepressant Medication
A government study released on Wednesday said the U.S. is a world leader in rates of antidepressant use, but as many as two-thirds of Americans with severe depression are still not on medication.
According to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 11 percent of Americans aged 12 and older are taking antidepressant medication.The survey also said a third of people with "severe depressive symptoms take antidepressant medication."
The rate of antidepressant use among Americans of all ages increased by almost 400 percent over the past two decades.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 60 percent of Americans taking an antidepressant drug have taken it for two years or longer and nearly 14 percent have taken medication for 10 years or more.
The researchers involved in the study also reported that women are 2.5 times more likely to take antidepressants than men and 23 percent of women aged 40 to 59 take antidepressants.
About 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older without current depressive symptoms took antidepressants, according to the survey.
The researchers found no association between income and antidepressant use.
The report was published Wednesday and draws on a survey of over 12,000 Americans.
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